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Jobs & Wages

Each of the Career Clusters listed below link to an Adobe PDF sheet that includes jobs in Northwest Georgia that fall under that category. Also listed is the training needed for the job, the wages for a new employee ("Entry Wages"), and the average wage earned by people who worked in the job in 2007 ("Average Wage"). See the bottom of this page for more information about Career Clusters.

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, & development of agricultural commodities & resources including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant & animal products/resources. Includes jobs in Food Products & Processing Systems; Plant Systems; Animal Systems; Power, Structural & Technical Systems; Natural Resources Systems; Environmental Service Systems; and Agribusiness Systems.

Architecture & Construction

Careers in designing, planning, managing, building & maintaining the built environment. Includes jobs in Design & Pre-Construction, Construction, and Maintenance & Operations.

Arts, Audio-Video Technology & Communication

Designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment services. Includes jobs in Audio & Video Technology & Films, Printing Technology, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Journalism & Broadcasting, and Telecommunications.

Business, Management & Administration

Planning, organizing, directing & evaluating business functions essential to efficient & productive business operations. Business management & administration career opportunities are available in every sector of the economy. Includes jobs in Management, Business Financial Management & Accounting, Human Resources, Business Analysis, Marketing & Communications, and Administrative & Information Support.

Education & Training 

Planning, managing & providing education & training services, and related learning support services. Includes jobs in Administration & Administrative Support, Professional Support Services, and Teaching/Training.

Finance 

Planning, services for financial & investment planning, banking, insurance, and business financial management. Includes jobs in Financial & Investment Planning, Business Financial Management, Banking & Related Services, and Insurance Services.

Government & Public Administration

Executing governmental functions including governance, national security, foreign service, planning, revenue & taxation, regulation, & management & administration at the local, state, & federal levels. Includes jobs in Governance, National Security, Planning, Revenue & Taxation, Regulation, and Public Management & Administration.

Health Science

Planning, managing, & providing therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health information, support services, & biotechnology research & development. Includes jobs in Therapeutic Services, Diagnostic Services, Health Informatics, Support Services, and Biotechnology Research & Development.

Hospitality & Tourism

Marketing & operations of restaurants & other food services, lodging, attractions, recreation events & travel related services. Includes occupations in Restaurant & Food/Beverage Services, Lodging, Travel & Tourism, and Recreation, Amusements & Attractions.

Human Services

Careers that relate to families and human needs. Includes jobs in Early Childhood Development & Services, Counseling & Mental Health services, Family & Community Services, Personal Care Services, and Consumer Services.

Information Technology (IT)

Building linkages in IT occupations framework. For entry level, technical, and professional careers related to the design, development, support & management of hardware, software, multimedia, & systems integration services. Includes jobs in Network Systems, Information Support & Services, Interactive Media, and Programming & Software Development.

Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Planning, managing, & providing legal, public safety, protective services & homeland security, including professional & technical support services. Includes jobs in Correction Services, Emergency & Fire Management Services, Security & Protective Services, Law Enforcement Services, and Legal Services.

Manufacturing 

Planning, managing & performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering. Includes jobs in Production; Manufacturing Production Process Development; Maintenance, Installation & Repair; Quality Assurance; Logistics & Inventory Control; and Health, Safety & Environmental Assurance.

Marketing, Sales & Service

Planning, managing, & performing marketing activities to reach organizational objectives. Includes jobs in Management & Entrepreneurship, Professional Sales & Marketing, Buying & Merchandising, Marketing Communications & Promotion, Marketing Information Management & Research, Distribution & Logistics, and E-Marketing.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Planning, managing, and providing scientific research and professional & technical services (e.g., physical science, social science, engineering) including laboratory & testing services, and research & development services. Includes jobs in Engineering & Technology and Science & Math

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Planning, management, and movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail & water & related professional & technical support services such as transportation infrastructure planning & management, mobile equipment & facility maintenance. Includes jobs in Transportation Operations; Logistics Planning & Distribution Center Operations; Warehousing & Distribution Center Operations; Facility & Mobile Equipment Maintenance; Transportation Systems/Infrastructure Planning, Management, & Regulations; Health, Safety & Environmental Management; and Sales & Services.

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The Career Clusters are partially based on the US Department of Education Career Clusters. The jobs and wages were taken from the Georgia Department of Labor 2007 Edition of Occupational Wages for Northwest Georgia. The report does not include wages for federal and many state and local government jobs. The wages are an average for the fifteen (15) counties in Northwest Georgia (Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker and Whitfield Counties). Northwest Georgia includes counties from four Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) -- Chattanooga, Dalton, Rome & Atlanta -- so there will be wage variances in the different counties/cities from those listed on our lists.  The minimum wage was increased to $6.55 in July 2008. The wages that were less than that amount have been increased to reflect the increased minimum wage.

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